1. Born in Glasgow in 1951.
2. Escaped to the Highlands. Attended Bualnaluib Primary School. His main achievement while there was that by primary seven he could pronounce 'Bualnaluib'.
3. Moved to Cromarty. Went to Fortrose Academy. Sang the first verse of 'The Red Flag' in front of the entire school, from which embarrassment he has never fully recovered.
4. Attended Aberdeen University. Sang in the choir. Studied economic history. Discovered women and Indian food. Enjoyed all these experiences, in equal measure, but with varying success.
5. Worked as an operating theatre porter in Dundee and as a fishing ghillie at Loch Maree, two jobs which should on no account be mixed up.
6. Got married.
7. Jobs after marriage: assistant factor at Castle Leod; manager of Cromartie Timber; director and part-owner of Ardival Harps.
8. Started painting pictures while at University. Concentrated at first on dead rabbits, which period ended when he ate the rabbit. Over the years his art has become more and more abstract, with the distinct disadvantage that abstract art is strikingly indigestible. The fish slice pictures of 2014 were a symbolic attempt to reconcile these two extremes.
9. He has taken part in the following annual exhibitions:
Royal Scottish Academy;
Society of Scottish Artists;
Visual Arts Scotland;
Aberdeen Artists Society;
Paisley Arts Institute;
Royal Glasgow Institute;
The Cromarty Group;
And has exhibited at the following galleries:
Lost Gallery, Aberdeen-shire;
An Tuirrean, Skye;
Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen;
Stark Gallery, Canterbury;
Browns Gallery, Tain;
Plockton Gallery, Wester Ross.
10. He keeps hens, grows vegetables, cuts firewood, and continues to make pictures.